Old fresh frozen film
Do you have a stock of old but fresh film stashed away in the back of your kitchen freezer?
Despite my wife's complaints, I have a nice supply of outdated film taking up a section of the ice box.
All rolls were purchased brand new and immediately chilled. Many are over 20 years old. Yes, they yield good results when thawed and exposed.
Here's what I have:
Kodak CL127 and CL620, dated 4/1988
Kodak GB126-24, dated 8/1998
Efke R21 127, dated 1/1989
Belgian (no name) B&W 620, no date
What's the oldest film you might have?
I have some Iford fp4 1988, froze since new, I discovered recently in the chest freezer. Unfortuanately, they are trash.
good old ferrania pan
It likely started out as 25 or 50 asa , but it is down to 12asa for me now. I still have 6 rolls left in my freezer. It dates to the mid 60's. The metal reels it is mounted on is the most charming thing. Getting the film onto the reel after it being wound up for 40 plus years is not so charming though. And the development time is long, something like 18 minutes in 1+1 d76 to get a good density.
It was at on time imported and sold as 3M in North America. I was given 14 rolls about 3 years ago. It had allegedly been frozen for decades.
At the moment, my oldest film is probably Super-XX 4x5" vintage 1981, courtesy of a member of this forum. I tested a couple of sheets, and it's a bit foggy, but it's still pretty nice film with beautiful tonal separation.
I've posted about a few adventures I've had with really old film here--
As for paper, I have a box of 10x10" Haloid Industro grade 2 dated 1952, which is more like grade 1 at this point.
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I have Pan F and Plus X from the mid 70's, 35mm in 100 foot rolls, just defrosted, no fog but loss of speed, about a stop. I shoot the Pan F at 12 the Plus X at 50.
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I also have anschcrome 100 and 200 from the late 60s or early 70s, I shot some of the 100 and developed in a GAF kit I found on E bay, some shift towards blue, but not bad, I found 2 more GAF kits and will shoot the 200 this spring.
Originally Posted by Paul Howell
I have some 3x4 glass plates - HP3 and Special Rapid Panchromatic P300 from the 1950s and some Kodak Tri X Film Packs 2x3 and 3x4 from the 60s. These will definitely need some anti fog agent when they are processed.
Old unexposed glass plates including Imperial plates. Old but usable.
I've had paper frozen for 30+ years, but not film - only refrigerated. The paper kept well (Kodak Panalure & Ektalure - now Forte). Film on the other hand, I believe, is more sensitive to cosmic radiation (passes through everything, including the earth, and us).
Early particle physics experiments were done with Ilford monochrome film for detecting telltale tracks of cosmic radiation, perhaps "neutrinos".
"Pictures are not incidental frills to a text; they are essences of our distinctive way of knowing." Stephen J. Gould
High speed film such as Tri X seems to fair the worse, my Pan F and Plux X from the 70s has help up much better, even the Anscochrome 100 has held up. But I tired Trix X 4X5 that expired in 1949, total toast, as were several rolls of GAF 500 from the early 70's. Paper has a much lower speed than film and does hold up much better than film.
Originally Posted by panastasia